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Off-Duty NYPD Cop Takes Down Belligerent Man During Flight

November 28, 2011  | 

A vacationing New York Police officer took down and handcuffed a man who punched a flight attendant during a JetBlue flight.

Officer Anibal Mercado noticed a passenger becoming unruly about an hour into his flight home from the Dominican Republic. Antonio Ynoa, 22, became angry when a flight attendant asked him to put away his duty-free alcohol.

Ynoa began yelling and punched an attendant several times. Flight attendants brought plastic handcuffs, which Officer Mercado used when taking Ynoa into custody, reports the New York Daily News.

Tags: NYPD, Off-Duty Incidents, Intoxicated Subjects


Comments (6)

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Michael @ 11/28/2011 5:27 PM

Proof that we're really never "off-duty"! Good job Officer Mercado.

chrisNYPD @ 11/28/2011 5:49 PM

Flight attendants carry handcuffs now?!

Jason Barnes @ 11/28/2011 6:39 PM

In answer to the last question ... aircraft crew have plastic cuffs available. They have been used in numerous incidents which are believed to have been "dry runs" by Jihadists. I do not believe flight crews carry metal cuffs.

David @ 11/28/2011 9:17 PM

Now Seriously ChrisNYPD!!! I'm Sure You're Familar With The Flexicuff???? Right? Orrrr Not?

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 11/30/2011 6:09 PM

Story should have read "Ynoa suffered multiple bruises to his nose and face and groin area, necessary force to subdue him." read www.whenlawmenlie.com

FireCop @ 12/19/2011 1:30 PM

My sister is a flight attendent. She says it's good to know if an off duty police officer is on the flight (or a Paramedic) just in case they need our services. And this might be one of those times......good job.

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